Closed Businesses in Portland, Oregon
With an operation that started in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2004, husband-and-wife winemakers Nic and Gracey Donahue relocated to industrial SE Portland in 2010, soon taking up residence in a building alongside other purveyors of fine, handcrafted beverages. (Their neighbors include Stone Barn Brandyworks and Marigold Coffee.) Specializing in Rhone varietals (syrah, viogner, grenache and mourvèdre) rather than those from Burgundy (chardonnay and pinot noir), Alchemy's grapes are sourced exclusively from Oregon (the majority coming from the Rogue Valley) and released on its Edwin Dyer label. Producing 700 cases per year in compact accommodations (just 1,000 square feet), Nic believes the winery can exist independently of the vineyard because he's interested in focusing on his passion "rather than being a farmer." And "wine production is my passion"—that and overseeing the newest addition to the crew, assistant winemaker Nash (aka his 1-year-old son), as well as an elder member of the team, their baby blue Chevy pickup dubbed Ol' Betsy. Chris Young, 5/30/2013
Amy Dotts was born and raised in Portland, but she studied art and sculpture in San Francisco. When she returned to Portland at the end of 2009, she decided she would put her sculpture engineering expertise to use as a clothing designer and set out teaching herself that trade. Within months, she had a booth at the Saturday Market where she sold lines of her own classic and colorful designs. And in January, she opened her first brick and mortar, which features her blankets, bags, and tailored dresses (made and altered to complement any woman's shape), plus the works of other local designers who make crocheted hats, jewelry, and belts from recycled bicycle tires. Chad Walsh, 2/7/2012
Ah, to be six years old again, when people planned your birthday parties for you and it was almost a guarantee that pizza and ice cream would be involved. Recapture some of that childhood glee with a visit to Atomic Ice Cream, which opened as part of the increasingly popular NoPo spot, Atomic Pizza. Atomic features offerings from local ice cream favorite Ruby Jewel, including salted lime sorbet, malted vanilla, and salted dark chocolate. After the joy of one of Atomic Pizza’s killer pies, the ice cream will taste even better. No goody bag necessary. Ben Waldron, 8/2/2011
Stan Pratnicki says he and his wife, Kimberly, wanted to open a bar that serves "exceptional food." To do so, Pratnicki drew from both his Polish and Italian roots, designing a menu that features Polish specialties (pierogies, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage rolls, and house-smoked, hand-stuffed kielbasas) as well as specialty 12-inch pizza pies, including one topped with clams. Standard pub fare (burgers, salads) is also available, and you can wash it down with a pint of Pacific Northwest draught beer, a bottle of Polish porter, or one of 14 specialty cocktails, many of which emphasize vodka from Poland. Chad Walsh, 12/5/2012
If there are three things Portland likes, they are beer, music and wine. Housed in the old Vinideus haunt in Cully, Barile’ is a wine bar and bottle shop with a regular line-up of musicians and DJs every Friday and Saturday. The beer menu features drafts from Portland, Eugene and White Salmon along with bottles from New York, Belgium and Amsterdam. The shop’s vibe is casual class, with warm lighting and a dazzling wall of domestic and foreign wines. Watch for tasting events, including a tour of Spanish wines this month. Charity Thompson, 10/5/2010
Somewhere between a retro truck stop and the trendy Killingsworth scene is where you’ll find the aesthetic of Beaterville. The server knows what she’s doing, seamlessly blending a greeting into a request for a drink order. Grab the Greyhound she suggests and order the biscuits and gravy with two over easy eggs and a side of bacon, the way owner Bill Lockner suggests is “killer.” Believe him, too: He’ll probably be the one cooking it.
It’s the good stuff, with a dash of paprika and a handful of scallions finishing off the gravy. If you sit in the cafe side as you stuff yourself with this rich dish, you’ll get an idea of Lockner’s love for old cars—the décor is all fenders and chrome bits he’s collected over a lifetime in the neighborhood. If you’re lucky, he might even regale you with stories of old Portland. But if he’s busy, lean back in your 70s booth and keep an eye out for Sam Adams—he’s rumored to be a regular customer at this charming breakfast joint.
Bill Lockner grew up in North Portland and his breakfast-brunch spot of almost 20 years has become a neighborhood institution. The reasons why are myriad. There's the mishmash of mid-century decor—think Formica dinette sets, hubcaps, grills and fenders from 1950s classic cars, and a collection of old waffle presses and electric egg beaters. There's the sound of handbells ringing every time an order's up. And there's the food, of course—Lockner suggests first-timers ask for the Matador, a fluffy, fresh avocado and cheese omelet served with home fries and topped with housemade salsa and a thick cloud of sour cream. But, the ways in which Beaterville beats its competition is in its execution. The food, and the service, are fast, adept and consistent. Even when it's busy—and it does get busy—the wait for your food seems impossibly short. In other words, yes, the kitchen and service staff may seem like they're sometimes in the weeds, but, because of their well-oiled collective experience, those weeds are never deep nor tall. Beaterville's open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Along a small stretch of NW 23rd Avenue, among a cluster of up-to-the-minute fashion and consignment storefronts, stands a new, spacious boutique, naturally lit by several floor-to-ceiling windows, that caters to Portland's fashion-forward women. Owner Rami Bargoti, who first joined the business as a buyer for his uncle's Jordanian boutique at the age of 13, has traveled the world (Italy, Turkey, Dubai) in search of fashion, and plans on mingling internationally and locally designed products into an ever-expanding collection of women's shirts, skirts, dresses, shoes, purses, and pocketbooks. Chad Walsh, 4/3/2012
Be on the lookout for a T. rex riding a bike under the Hawthorne Bridge. He’ll be wearing a helmet and goggles, of course, and he might be on the way to buy some handmade jewelry. How is this possible? Because of Bikeasaurus. The shop in Buckman offers all of the goods you would want after buying a bike elsewhere—practical gear and accessories, locally made art, gifts and zines, all bike themed. Because, you see, the Bikeasaurus knows—a Portland bicyclist is a badass with a conscience. Charity Thompson, 10/5/2010
Alleyway Cafe's Eric Manfre's just put the finishing touches on his new Cajun-inspired lunch, dinner and late-night deli and lounge. Because we're talking Cajun food here, expect pulled pork po' boys with fried pickles, alligator meatball subs, classic and Cajun slaws, seasonal salads, a pair of potato salads, and sweets like maple bacon-wrapped dates. And, because we're also talking Portland, some of those po’ boys are vegan too. The 100-seat spot is dog friendly, has a full bar, six taps, a beer and wine cooler (for bottles to go), and dartboards, dominoes and cards. Manfre says plans are in place for weekend brunches, and he's already planning Biloxi's winter menu, which will feature pierogies and hand pies. Chad Walsh, 9/3/2013
Designer denim devotees who have followed Blake Nieman-Davis and his eponymous shop like disciples for the last seven years have a new place to worship. He has completely remodeled the former Smith & Hawken space in Northwest District with a vintage industrial cool, all the better to showcase the over 50 brands of jeans, tops and accessories. Plus there’s parking, so you can take hours trying on as many pairs as you’d like. And rest assured, with Nieman-Davis’ expertise, you’ll be walking out with a pair (or several) that makes your rear view, ahem, as hot as can be. Liz Hummer, 9/14/10
Since 2010, Chickie Massa has been baking cookies and selling them wholesale to New Seasons and other stores around town. But with the help of what she calls her "talented crew," all of whom bring "new ideas and techniques" to the cookie-making process, Massa has officially opened a 15-seat retail space where you can find her ever-popular chocolate chunk cookies among a handful of always-changing cookie varieties that you can enjoy with a drip coffee, cup of tea or "frosted" glass of milk. Have a pup? Massa and her team also bake Citizen Kanine natural peanut butter, oat and pumpkin cookies for your best friend.
A fine addition to Portland's growing city-wide closet of vintage clothing, this small Hollywood spot was opened by a Dallas transplant who sources a lot of her selection from the Lone Star State, including a originals from the early days of Neiman Marcus. With many items in pristine condition, it's impressive that nothing is over $100. Liz Hummer, 11/17/09
Nina Bingham, a published poet and a general practitioner for those in crisis, originally got her start in the medical field as a clinical hypnotherapist. Presently, she offers a variety of treatments to help those affected by anxiety, depression, panic attacks, PTSD, and personality and behavioral disorders, as well as those struggling to "come out." Bingham also just published Never Enough, her fourth title, a recovery workbook to assist those living with addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders to lead healthy, happy, productive lives. Chad Walsh, 10/28/2012
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Think of this restaurant as the indoor alternative to your weekend’s late-night food cart runs. Chix Stix serves traditional and Japanese-fusion kabobs, but only after most restaurants have closed on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu includes kabobs with chicken, pork, steak, or tofu and vegetables, plus Asian coleslaw, sodas, beer and sake. Just remember that this place is cash-only and that no one’s getting in before 10 p.m. Charity Thompson, 4/6/11
The Old Town nightlife scene just got a huge boost of class thanks to this new "ultra lounge." Boasting high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, multi-hued lighting, dark leather banquettes—even a separate VIP bar—Couture certainly lives up to its stylish name. But is there substance behind that pretty facade? Well, how about mussels and clams with chorizo and fennel? Or an organic burger stuffed with Fourme D'Ambert cheese and topped with Fontina, applewood smoked bacon, tomato jam, aioli, and housemade pickles? The European dishes (Osso Bucco, duck papparadelle) are complemented with Asian flavors (Korean bbq shortribs, kimchi fritters) and artisan cocktails like the Trolley Car (fig-infused bourbon, Grand Marnier, fresh orange & lemon served with a cinnamon cugar rim). Even better: it's affordable glitz, with entrees priced $13-$22, and happy hours deals $4-$8 (4 p.m.-7 p.m. & 10 p.m.-12 a.m.). Liz Hummer, 1/7/10
Hello, gluten-free desserts! Joe Kalal and Karen Goetsch moved their baking company from San Francisco to Portland this year, and its entire menu is gluten-free. Kalal is a pastry chef trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York, while Goetsch has a background in DIY business practices. Kalal has celiac disease and wanted to be part of the movement to make gluten-free food more accessible. His menu includes cookies, cupcakes, breads and cakes, and he offers gluten-free baking classes (a two-hour private lesson is $80). The opening of their new shop in Northwest District was partially funded through gifts from individuals pitching in at Kickstarter.org. Charity Thompson, 10/5/2010
Husband-and-wife team Joe and Karen, the masterminds behind Dessert Labs, began making gluten-free red velvet cupcakes as soon as they switched their diet, since it’s Karen’s favorite flavor. Having a red-velvet groupie and dedicated gluten-free diner behind this recipe paid off in creating a tasty gluten-free cupcake. The cake was surprisingly bouncy and spongy (unlike the gummy texture of most gluten-free baked goods) but, in my opinion, could have used a bit more moisture. The lightly-sweet vanilla Swiss-meringue buttercream, with vanilla bean specks, offered a wonderful, buttery balance to the gluten-free goodness of this cupcake.
Urban Restaurants, the group behind NW Portland's Brix Tavern, Bartini and Urban Fondue, have brought a modern sport bar to the residents of SE Portland who can now play arcade games, challenge one another to shuffleboard or pool, or watch the latest big games on one of nearly a dozen televisions. Mike Pifher, the saloon's general manager, says the menu, dreamt up by the group's executive chef, Kevin Kennedy, features a modern twist on Southern comfort food, with breakfast options on Saturdays and Sundays. The saloon also offers plenty of drink specials too, from summery cocktails served in Mason jars to domestic and craft beers served from the tap or in a can. As for the name? Pifher says that one of his colleagues recently suggested that they were all going to be in the dog house because they were out too late planning the venture rather than being at home with their wives. It stuck. Hours are 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1 a.m., on Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-midnight on Sunday. Chad Walsh, 3/6/2012
Vegan baker Morgan Grundstein-Helvey got her start at—you guessed it—the farmers market, and in a town experiencing a bit of a bakery boom, her delicious and beautiful treats have found a home of their own in Vernon. In addition to Aunt Miriam’s sticky buns, sweet and savory tarts, seasonal loafs, muffins, cookies, muffins, pies, cakes… (oh my!), there is housemade coconut yogurt and granola, French press Courier Coffee, and raw Magic Kombucha. Liz Hummer, 2/3/10
The Dr. is in. This new NW 23rd spot is just the prescription for folks in need of their Asian culinary medicine. Borrowing favorites primarily from Korea and Japan, Dr. Sushi has a full sushi selection and boasts tables with their very own BBQs in them for some family style grilling. Those not in the mood for bulgogi and pork belly can take on traditional Japanese fare like udon and donburi, or opt for something a bit more ambitious like oyster shooters with sea urchin and ponzu sauce. Nearby NW lunchers can take advantage of the reasonably priced platters and bento boxes. The large, sleek space, however, is more befitting a celebratory dinner of some sort. Doctor’s orders. Ben Waldron, 9/6/11
Cindy Rokoff's Pearl District boutique seems more like a carefully composed art installation designed by bohemians who have a collective eye for all things Art Deco and Nouveau than it does a vintage store. But a vintage store it is, and one where you can find carefully selected 1920s to 1980s-era women's clothes alongside antique tables, chairs, lamps, trunks, taxidermic heads (antelopes and alligators), men's shaving kits, Taschen books, candles, soaps, gift cards, and women's jewelry (almost all of which is locally made). Eve is also home to a unique collection of hard-to-find fragrances—from scents designed by French cult perfumer Serge Lutens to local colognes and perfumes courtesy of Slumberhouse and Imaginary Authors.
Eden takes inspiration from the beautiful designs of the 1920s and 1930s and the free spirit of the 1960s and 1970s. With an assortment of curiosities, clothing, jewelry and accessories, art objects, gifts, furniture and decor, Eden offers something for everyone! We are happy to announce that we have opened a bridal salon, Eve in Eden, also at 221 NW Davis featuring antique and vintage gowns and locally designed jewelry and accessories. Cindy Rokoff
Beyond the 14-foot salmon-colored curtains that hang along what seems like the back wall of Cindy Rokoff's Eden is a secret room—like a speakeasy, except the stock-in-trade isn't glasses of bathtub gin but vintage wedding gowns for brides-to-be. Rokoff says her bohemian bridal boutique features two kinds of gowns: vintage ones (many dating from either the 1920s or the 1970s) and locally designed and produced ones. She also carries several exclusive lines of vintage-inspired bridal jewelry to match those dresses, all of which are made by local hands. And, Rokoff says, if you're wedded to the idea of tying the knot in your grandmother's antique, but ill-fitting, wedding gown, Eve in Eden will tailor it for you, in-house.
Just because your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime deal doesn't mean your wedding gown needs to be too. Hanging in Cindy Rokoff's bridal salon—which is tucked neatly in the back of her Pearl District boutique, Eden—are vintage wedding gowns that span decades, from the 1920s to the 1980s, as well as new gowns designed by locals with an aesthetic that matches Eve's. And just because planning your wedding may cause you plenty of stress, that doesn't mean choosing your gown has to be without fun. Rokoff's staff knows the gowns and the designers, which means they can steer you toward the right dress for your special day. They also know champagne and will pour you a flute as you try on dresses in an effort to wash those stresses away. And even if you're not getting hitched, there's no reason that you can't browse bridal gowns—not all of them are white and a few of them are even flapper dresses. Need something to put the finishing touch on that wedding (or evening) gown? Rokoff's contracted nine local jewelers who've designed exclusive jewelry lines to match the shop's 200 gowns.
When Portland's first and oldest fine dining establishment, Genoa, closed in 2008, it was the end of an era. The incredible Italian cooking that happened in that unassuming Belmont space (in Sunnyside) over 30 years was ahead of its time—seasonal, local, organic, artistic. But even the best need to evolve, and with a new chef (David Anderson, from Vindalho), a new investor, and one veteran manager, Genoa 2.0 debuted last month, with an entirely modernized dining room (and, finally, open windows!) that is a proper setting for the amazing food. What remains: the trademark antique sideboards and entry table with oversize floral display, and of course, the five-course prix fixe menu (updated to a 2010 budget-conscious $55/person). Not ready to make that kind of commitment? Now you can also grab a taste of Genoa at the next door Accanto cafe and bar. The clean and sophisticated "enoteca" is open for lunchtime paninis, after work cocktails, and casual dinners and pints. New and improved, indeed. Liz Hummer, 1/7/10
If you're driving through Hillsdale on your way from one place to another, you just might miss Tamairah Boleyn's little wine bar tucked into the neighborhood's town center between a clothing boutique and a dry cleaner. But, the shop's more than just a place to get a bottle of wine for tonight's dinner, it's also—one day each week—a casual spot to score a well-executed brunch. Chef Earl Johnson's Hangtown Fry is a keeper—the menu indicates that it's a scramble, but it's more like a fluffy omelet stuffed with fried oysters, topped with onions, bacon and a caper remoulade, and paired with home fries that come with a ramekin of curry ketchup. But, your best bet is probably Johnson's duck confit hash, which comes with a pair of poached eggs perched atop a hash made with slow-roasted pulled duck, onions, celery, potatoes, and—the bow on the ribbon that ties this dish together—yams. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.
For more than 20 years, sisters Monica and Jennifer Ransdell owned and operated Hosford-Abernethy’s Dots Cafe before selling the business in mid-2012. But, their retirement didn't last long, and before they knew it, they were planning menus for their new breakfast, lunch and dinner spot—the new the Lily Day Cafe. The 40-seat space offers breakfast sandwiches, daily soups, entrée-sized salads, and lunch and dinner sandwiches, including a grilled cheese made with chèvre, caramelized onions and pepper jelly. The Ransdells also feature signature cocktails and beer by the bottle and can.
David Robles says his restaurant's rather large lunch and dinner menus feature dishes inspired by family recipes dating back three generations to Mexico's southern coastal state of Jalisco, which is also the exclusive home to the world's tequila trade. Then it should be no surprise that Lorena's food and drink menus are generously comprised of seafood and tequila options. Still, Lorena's kitchen also cooks up plenty of other fare, including fajitas, burritos, carne asada, huevos rancheros, and, for the finicky wee ones, burgers and fries. Pair your plate with a margarita, served on the rocks or frozen, and after that plate is clean, treat yourself to a scoop of deep-fried ice cream. Chad Walsh, 7/3/2012
Madrona Hill Cafe's brunch isn't really a brunch. And, as its name implies, it's definitely more cafe than restaurant—but that won't necessarily disappoint you. In fact, it shouldn't disappoint you at all. The spot's a homey one—an ideal place to cozy up in a corner with a good book, a cup of coffee and a pastry—the cookies and muffins are scratch-made daily. But if you're looking for protein, ask for one of the cafe's four breakfast sandwiches, like the Green Eggs and Ham (basil, spinach and provolone and parmesan cheeses on a freshly baked croissant), and ponder why more places don't sandwich their eggs, meats and cheeses between croissants: They're flaky, chewy and, because they keep the whole thing together, easy to eat. The kitchen also blends up smoothies, and the thick, shamrock-colored Green Party (orange juice, avocado, spinach, bananas and green apples) is a keeper, but the cafe's true treat might just be its bread pudding—made by resourcefully taking leftover Delphina's Bakery baguettes (used to make the cafe's lunchtime sandwiches) and whipping them into a smooth, dense and never-too-sweet cakey pudding, which gets topped with either blueberries or raspberries and almonds. Breakfasty items are available all day, from 6:30 a.m. till 5 p.m, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Like other chef-inspired sandwich joints Bunk and Meat Cheese Bread, Melt is all about piling inspired combinations of gourmet, local ingredients between two slices of bread—and these ones are hot, hot, hot (as you might have guessed from the name). There's a crab burger with havarti, pot roast topped with crunchy onions, and a veggie with roasted eggplant, most under $9. Liz Hummer, 11/17/09
In 2010, chef Oswaldo Bibiano was a semifinalist for the 2010 James Beard Award based on the menu he put together for his Mexican restaurant, Autentica. Now, he's opened a second kitchen in NoPo, a lunch-and-dinner spot featuring small plates of authentic and creative Mexican dishes. The name Mextiza is a play on the term, "mestizo," which means a mixture of ethnicities, signaling that diners will have the opportunity to sample plates from different Mexican regions and cities, including Tijuana, Yucatan, Toluca, Oaxaca and Guerrero. Keep in mind, though, that when Mextiza opens up for dinner at 5 p.m. (they close for a couple of hours after lunch), minors will not be permitted. You'll understand why when you see their drinks menu, which lists 78 tequilas and mezcals, as well as a healthy sampling of red and white wines, four mostly local and seasonal draught beers, as well as the Mexican staple brew, Modelo Especial. -Chad Walsh
Mextiza's hora feliz is exactly that—one hour in which to sample your way through its happy hour menu and get a taste, at $2 to $5 a pop, of what to expect when you come back for dinner. If it's a bright, sunny day and you're in the mood for something light, ask for the shredded jicama, a very generously portioned (not so) small plate that the kitchen seasons with a New Mexican heirloom chili powder and toasted almonds. But if your belly wants something more substantial, order the doradita hard-shell taco, which is stuffed with kick-packing pulled pork and topped with chipotle-avocado puree, cool sour cream, and a sprinkling of cotija. Whatever you order, you must pair it with Mextiza's housemade sangria (red wine, vodka and freshly pressed lime and orange juices). The drink's made to order so every glass tastes dazzlingly fresh. Happy hours run from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, with late night hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 10 p.m.
After eight years of selling their Korean rice paper lamps online and at the Saturday Market, Rick and Cassie Kwon have opened a shop in Northwest District to showcase their delicate, tulip- and bulb-shaped creations. The ancient practice requires many layers, and the Kwons have added metal frames and a plastic coating to add durability for modern lifestyles while still retaining the soft, warm glow that the translucent shades emanate. Liz Hummer, 9/14/10
From designer Mihaela Munteanu comes Moontess, a clothing boutique for women on NW 23rd street. Moontess offers swimwear, lingerie and ready-to-wear items that are bright, stylish, and often sultry. Munteanu incorporates many themes into her impressive collection, including modern takes on floral prints and the use of patterns from centuries-old Japanese art. Ben Waldron, 5/3/2011
Calling itself a “conservationist café,” Open Space is a new Creston-Kenilworth coffee shop that serves local products (Stumptown coffee, Black Sheep vegan pastries, Dave’s Killer Bread) and encourages sustainable practices like bringing your own mug. They plan to expand into weekend brunch and grown-up drinks featuring local liquors. Earth Day (April 22) will launch recurring info sessions and demos on recycling, composting, green cleaning, and ingredient sourcing. Liz Hummer, 4/6/10
Barber shops have always been a place to catch up with your friends and neighbors while waiting for a trim. But as a place to design your own T-shirt or browse through the latest CDs? Not until now. Barber Daniel Parks has opened such a collaborative venture called All in One. In addition to getting a trim, he says, you can purchase a T-shirt from designer Jeffery Ta's "Blazergonian" line, or even design your own shirt, as well as check out the newest sounds at the adjacent PacFresh Music shop, owned and operated by Reggie Valin and Ash Wendt. Parks says the idea for the venture was divinely inspired and says that, ultimately, it’s the joint venture of four hardworking men who aim to create not just a one-stop shop for various services, but a positive place that can anchor the community as a whole. Chad Walsh, 5/1/2012
Brent Mason and his wife, Erin, figured there was a hole in their neighborhood: It needed a good cafe. When they, alongside friend Terra Baldwin, found a space they deemed perfect for one just a few blocks from their home, they decided to fill it. Park News Cafe offers drip coffee and espresso drinks, loose-leaf teas, bagels, salads, and a variety of lunch sandwiches, plus has a retail space stocked with ingredients used in-house, like Beaverton's Dovetail coffee, protein-rich Nuts 'N More peanut butter, and jellies from Rose City Pepperheads. And, Mason jokes that Park News sells the hottest PBJ in town. The spicy culprit? A schmear of the Pepperheads' Sneaky Ghost jelly made with Thai chilies, jalapeños, habaneros and, yes, you guessed it, ghost chilies.
There is some serious baking going on in Montavilla! Along with Immortal pies and Bipartison’s sweet pies, Laura Widener has finally opened her “dessert destination” on the street, creating inventive treats like Earl Grey Cake, gluten-free brownies, and chocolate peanut butter tarts. Deeeeee-lish! Liz Hummer, 3/4/10
Even though the Pastrygirls don’t refer to their cupcake as red velvet—they prefer Crushed Velvet Fairy Cake—their version of the red velvet cake was one of the most authentic adaptations I’ve ever had. Just like their store front, this cupcake was unassuming, comforting and subtly sweet. Instead of pouring pounds of red dye into their mix, they stick with the traditional way of coloring the batter: unsweetened beet juice. This nostalgic and romantic take on red velvet came with classically swirled cream cheese frosting with chocolate shavings sprinkled atop. The chocolatey cake, although not very red, was not too moist and not too dry and brought back memories of childhood birthday parties spent outdoors.
Because the metro area has Timbers fever, finding a parking spot before soccer matches, let alone finding a place to eat, can be exhausting. But with the opening of PUB, things just got easier. The new 90-seat lunch and dinner bistro serves what the owners call "above pub grub"—think half-pound Kobe beef burgers, deconstructed pot pies, and peanut butter cup Bundts for dessert. The place stocks a full bar, serves four rotating, local draft beers, and offers a kids' menu. And, PUB also offers something Timbers fans—and even non-Timbers fans—can crow about: 90 minutes worth of free parking to any guest of the restaurant.
Ricardo Palomo's new 50-seat, lunch and dinner spot in West End features Mexican dishes that draw on flavors from the country's many regions (Oaxaca, Veracruz, the Yucatán Peninsula), like pescado empapelado (baked fish with mint, cilantro and tomatillos), pollo en mole (a half chicken served with black Oaxacan mole), and longaniza en salsa verde (green salsa-braised sausage with cactus, avocado and queso fresco). Plus, the spot has a full bar, and in addition to providing diners with fresh corn tortillas, Prehispanica offers a couple of things other Mexican spots don't: Moles that are made to order, and a kitchen lets you determine just how much heat you want.
It’s hard to call a 36-year-old local watering hole “new” in any way, but after a seriously incredible renovation by New York architect/designer Wayman Robertson, I think you will agree with me that this is a new experience. A warm and stately mahogany bar, tiled walls, antique velvet couches, and huge, deep, dark booths have transformed the no-frills Buckman pub into a cozy restaurant hangout with a vintage patina. The revamped patio harkens back to ProRow’s roots, with simple wooden picnic tables and old classroom chairs; you’ll also recognize the same staff and a familiar menu of nachos, beer-battered fries, and sandwiches. Liz Hummer, 7/6/10
It's not evident when looking at it from the street, but this nearly 40-year-old restaurant has a large outdoor patio. Because it's a destination—tucked away in the Central Eastside Industrial District—you won't necessarily stumble upon it. But if you do and have never been before, you're in for a pleasant surprise.
Forecast: The patio seats about 70, and the best time to grab a table is either during lunch or right when the 4 p.m. happy hour starts. It's much harder, though, to find tables on Friday and Saturday evenings and nights, so be warned.
SPF: The only true way to catch some direct rays is to dine during lunch, grabbing a seat in the patio's uncovered center. Otherwise, the seating is protected from the sun, rain and wind by high walls and porticos. And in the winter, the patio is covered, so you're protected from the cold as well.
Advisory: Children are allowed until 9 p.m., but dogs are not allowed. Smoking is permitted, but is relegated to a cluster of three tables.
Barometer: The drinks menu features a half-dozen beer and whiskey pairings. Add to that a glass of Scotch and tap your inner John Lee Hooker. If you do, you're going to need some fuel, so try the Row Burger, a half-pound of beef served with crispy onions and the usual fixins on a poppy Kaiser roll.
Relish is a home, gift and interior design service showroom. We specialize in modern/contemporary, locally made as well as international design classic furnishings. We also have local resources to easily design and execute any custom drapery, blinds, bedding and upholstery projects with Marimekko. Maharam and Knoll fabrics. Our focus is always based on sustainable products, materials and practices. About half the showroom is dedicated to locally made gifts and furnishings, which can be modified to a home, office or commercial space.
-Trisha Guido, owner
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The very first thing you see upon entering Brittany and Octavian Jurj's new TILT location in the Pearl District is a counter space run by Ristretto Roasters. Staffed with expert baristas who can make you a variety of espresso drinks (and drips) from Ristretto's hand-roasted beans, the coffee slingers can also steep your tea and serve you a cold brew from one of two onsite taps. And coming soon, they'll even brew and pour you drinks made using Ristretto's filterless Steampunk Brewing System. Chad Walsh, 1/7/2014
Already towards the top of Portland’s ever growing cupcake scene, Saint Cupcake introduces Saint Cupcake Galore, a Westside location with an expanded kitchen and wider selection. Karla Arria-Devoe says the larger kitchen has allowed Saint Cupcake to branch out into non-cupcake territory, including savory pastries and sticky buns. However, the most compelling reason to visit the new location may be the heavenly sounding ‘bonbonbunbun,’ which Arria-Devoe describes as “little brioche balls, coated in delicious European butter, covered in a sugar spice.” We haven’t tried one yet, but that’s only because we haven’t been able to stop salivating long enough to bike over there. Ben Waldron, 7/5/2011
When summer 2012 rolled out, so did Melty Goods, a line of frozen, grab-and-go treats that includes Magic Pops, Sundae Cups and Cookiewiches, all brought to you by Saint Cupcake owner Jami Curl. If you're downtown and looking for a cold, quick indulgence, pop inside the shop and head for the Melty Goods cooler. Inside, there are a half-dozen flavors from which to choose, but the one that will puzzle you most is the "Galore-e-o + White Chocolate-Vanilla Bean" Cookiewich, Curl's take on the classic Oreo cookie. It's a flummoxing concoction made with two dense, cake-like chocolate cookies that leads you to think with each subsequent bite, "This tastes just like an Oreo." Then, "No. It's better than an Oreo." Before finally, "No. This tastes. Just. Like. An Oreo. But better." Try one and see if you can figure out what is in this ice cream that gives it that marshmallowy cream-filled goodness.
As a non-vegan, it seemed only appropriate that I entered Saint Cupcake while ABBA’s “Take a Chance on Love” serenaded my walk to the counter. I admit, I had my reservations about how good a vegan cupcake could be; so when I sat down with this dark red creation with vanilla buttercream frosting I half expected a “good-for-vegan” reaction. Instead, I was blown away. It was an extremely moist and delightfully dense cupcake, with a very delicate essence of cocoa. And the frosting. Oh, the frosting! I may or may not have actually said, “I can’t believe this is vegan,” as I licked my fingers to make sure I got every speck of that delicious buttercream into my mouth. Saint Cupcake also offers a conventional red velvet cupcake sure to inspire flashbacks of Franka Potente’s hair in Run Lola Run.
If you're looking to learn more about wine, you come to Sauvage. For lots of us, wine remains inaccessible because understanding it can be intimidating. But owner and winemaker Jesse Skiles and his crew are trying to change that by starting a conversation that examines how we think about wine, providing historical context to help us reconnect to and better grasp it. Sauvage doesn’t seat many people, but you can stretch out in the space while rubbing elbows with strangers (and future friends) at its lengthy, 16-seat, family-style table as you admire the decorative stuffed birds and wood casks filled with wine that Skiles and his Fausse Piste urban winery team produce on-site. The space is causal, the service is sincere, and the wine education is presented humbly and generously. In addition to Fausse Piste pours, Sauvage also has a list that includes Portland wines as well as old world, sustainable, natural, organic, and biodynamic wines—including some that seem almost randomly selected, like a Macedonian white. But trust us, they're not. Each wine is carefully chosen to accompany the food that Skiles—who's also the enopub’s executive chef—and his kitchen prepare. And if wine still perplexes your palate, there are a few bottled beers too. But go for the wine, because your distinct, unique palate is something Skiles and his team have faith in. So sit back, sip, eat, and prepare to experience wine in ways that are accessible, exciting and—to use a word you don't often hear in wine circles—fun.
Sprinklefingers is not the title of a series of children’s books, nor is it the name of some gormless, long-forgotten villain from the minds of the Brothers Grimm. Rather, it’s the moniker confectioner and former local cupcake magnate Jami Curl gave to her hands when her icing-covered fingertips picked up sundry toppings whilst baking. And while Curl hasn’t given up on cupcakes altogether—Sprinklefingers will carry one cupcake flavor each day—she has switched gears, turning her old cupcake joint (that shares a space with Noun: A Person’s Place for Things) into a candy shop where she makes a variety of homemade cookies, caramels, gumdrops and lollipops, and sells small-batch artisanal chocolate bars and even candy-centric books, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Chad Walsh, 1/23/2014
Robert Lawrence has 30 years of experience in vintage retail and most recently owned Used Vintage Emporium in St. Johns. Now, he's putting that experience to work with his "vintage lifestyle store" in the commercial heart of the same neighborhood. With the help of Kaci Fitch, the store's creative director, Lawrence has created a shop with a 20th-century focus, featuring desks, dressers, sofas, artwork, jewelry, trunks, birdcages, and men's and women’s clothes, dating from the 1940s to the 1990s. "Basically," he says, "If [we find] something we think that is cool and we like the aesthetic, we'll put it in the store." Chad Walsh, 6/5/2012
Rebecca Moore is a social worker by trade, but she's always loved experimenting and improvising in the kitchen. She also fondly reminisces about the caramels that her late grandmother used to give her. In fact, it was those caramels—along with the challenge of committing to the finely tuned recipes that those candies require—that inspired Moore to start her own sweets business. In addition to offering a handcrafted standard (but nonetheless peerless) variety, Moore also dreamt up other unique and innovative flavors, including one made with apple and ginger, and another with honey, curry and cashews. Plus, she plans on making seasonal flavors that will change four times a year. Moore says it's her goal to marry candy-making with public service, and that’s why she's looking to team up with nonprofits in order to empower the communities those organizations serve.
All our caramel is handcrafted with love, slow simmered in small batches, and then hand cut and wrapped. We thrive on creativity in the kitchen and deliver this to our customers through seasonal and limited-edition flavors.
At Sweet & Salty's Caramel Co., we're not just about the gooey goodness, though. We aim to support our local communities through strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations, other small business owners, and local artisans.
You can pick up our caramels at multiple retail locations around town or order online with free shipping or local bike delivery. Ask us about our special party trays and wedding favor packages. Rebecca Moore
With a selection of inventive and seasonal flavor combinations, Sweet and Salty's Caramel Co. can provide your bash with the basics, such as party trays, candy jars, or favors for weddings and special events (complete with custom packaging options like color-coordinated bags and personalized photos or design), all available for local delivery. But, owner and caramel chef Rebecca Moore’s drive for experimentation will also allow you to create whatever flavor you want for your favor—develop your own through a series of consultations and tastings. Then, she’ll keep your recipe on file if you want to reorder for future events (like anniversaries). And when it comes to weddings, Moore knows that “each half of a couple has their own unique tastes,” but she’d like to show you how she can combine a “couple's flavors into one” for your big day, leaving you with a memorable and “deliciously creative outcome,” she says. When it comes down to it, Moore is open to just about anything, so pitch your ideas and she’ll devise a solution that works for everybody—pricing simply depends on the amount of customization, she says.
After earning a degree in baking from New York's Culinary Institute of America and spending a decade in Bend as a pastry chef and the proprietor of The Honey Pot pie cart, Mary Sheridan pulled her anchor and didn't drop it again until 2012 when she found a space for her cart in Portland’s Sunnyside neighborhood. With the help of Kelly and Regan Delaney, she's now got a 15-seat, tea, coffee and pie space where she can bake the seasonal sweet and savory pies her patrons have come to to enjoy. Whole pies are always on hand, but Sheridan asks that special orders be made 24 hours in advance. And don't worry, Sunnysiders, the cart that started it all is staying right where it is.
If you were ready for a complete home makeover, you’d visit designers/builders/husband-and-wife James and Kricken Yaker who transform interiors into organic, contemporary spaces. If you’re more in the mood for just a few updates, you can visit their Pearl District retail showroom, which allows you to incorporate their fresh aesthetic with selected wallpaper, lighting, rugs, mirrors, tabletop items, tables, chairs, and built-in cabinetry. Perhaps you simply take home a few candlesticks, or you get inspired to let the Yakers loose in your house. Either way, you’ll feel happy every time you walk in the door. Liz Hummer, 9/14/10
When Leeann Molinari closed her clothing boutique Amalee in 2009, she took her “repurposed vintage adornments” online only, but now you can again peruse them in person in her jewelbox of a shop in Concordia. There are delicate pendants—keys, leaves, birds, arrows—and vintage lockets screenprinted with burnished patterns like peacock leaves, lone oak trees, and other natural scenes. With most items under $50 (even custom initial lockets are just $30!), you can actually bring home everything you fall in love with. Liz Hummer, 5/4/10
Adjacent to the recently opened Woodsman Tavern, the Woodsman Market is your go-to when you're in the mood for an artisan treat. Among the treasures lining the shelves are handpicked cheeses, fine wines, sophisticated olive oils, fresh-cut flowers, and charcuterie cuts curated by a team of local experts like Steve Jones from Cheese Bar, Megan Arambul from Fieldwork Floral, bakers at Little T, and butchers at Chop and Fino in Fondo. And they're open daily, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday. Chad Walsh, 1/3/2012